Activists Want Kansas City’s New Climate Plan Adopted Without Utility Company Changes

The plan gives guidance to help the city reach carbon neutrality while taking into account environmental justice. Advocates want it passed without changes, but utility companies Spire and Evergy want their voices heard. Kansas City aims to be carbon neutral by 2040, but to do that it needs to decommission Evergy’s Hawthorn coal power plant in Northeast Kansas City, the city’s Climate Protection Steering Committee told the Kansas City Council on Thursday. The final draft of the Climate Protection and Resiliency Plan (CPRP), which has been in the works for for the last two years, was introduced on Thursday and calls for expanding utility-owned renewable energy, advocating for performance-based regulation for Evergy and closing the coal plant by 2025. The CPRP is open for public comment at City Hall Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 9 a.m. during the Transportation, Infrastructure and Operations committee meeting.

By Savannah Hawley. KCUR News. August 18, 2022.

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